Is Coconut Water a Cure-All?

No matter the season, dehydrated skin is an all-too-common skin complaint—one that can plague just about any skin type, at any age. Luckily, for those that suffer from extremely dry skin, the condition can be cured.

Most of us reach for an array of moisturizing lotions, creams and serums to enrich dry skin. But, there are several easy-to-adopt lifestyle changes that can hydrate your complexion and keep it that way, like using a humidifier to reduce moisture-loss caused by the environment. How you hydrate your body from the inside can also help your skin stay moisturized on the outside.

Touted as the natural alternative to sports drinks, the electrolyte-concentrated juice that's derived from coconuts has been branded and bottled by many companies-some of which claim coconut water can help hydrate the skin from the inside out via its nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. But are these claims legit? "Coconut water has some oils from the coconut milk that are part of the essential ingredients for a healthy skin barrier," says West Palm Beach, FL, dermatologist Kenneth R. Beer, MD. "Drinking it may help a little, but not as much as eating fresh coconut or making a face mask with it," he says.

To tackle dry skin topically, ingredients like antioxidants will not only repair dehydrated skin quicker, but will help prevent future dryness. Learn more about treating dry skin here.

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  • Tori

    I also hate the taste of coconut water - but I've found that when mixed with fruits I can tolerate it better Jessie! The Vita brand has one with pineapple - and I swear I cannot taste the normal soggy Saltine taste that is in plain coconut water!! I definitely recommend trying it!! www.beautyintern.com

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  • Debra Logan

    My skin is so dry, it's snowing, cracking and bleeding. I heard Trader Joe's has coconut oil. So you peeps can think about it. This is a good thing can be used for so much.

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  • Jessie L.

    I personally don't like the taste of coconut water--are there any alternatives??

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  • Claudio Pinto
    Master Aesthetician - New York, NY

    coconut water is very healthy for you - But unless you live in Brazil or a warm place you are not getting the fresh healthy water from the green coconut - The Vita brand thats found in whole foods is a great choice - It's not a miracle, but if the great taste makes you want to drink water that's a wonderful thing. So many patients don't want or forget to drink water leaving their skin very dehydrated especially in the winter. There are nutrients and benefits as well but they are very small unless you start drinking galons a day. More hydration can be achieved by using masks or other topical treatments but its also important to consume enough water. It will leave your skin healthy and glowing!

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  • Dr Betty Bellman

    I believe in coconut oil and have developed CapriCleat Spray on moisturizer for dry skin, itching and eczema. It sprays on and had no preservatives, fragrances, parabens, chemicals and is 100% natural. It can be used safely on infants, children and adults as often as needed. It is soothing and does not sting, burn or feel cold upon application.

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  • Adyan

    It true and I have applied it for 1 year.Coconut is realy good for skin and scares.

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  • Abel brion

    i have always beleived in natural ways,and coconut water is beneficial in many ways ,whether it be hair or skin. http://www.dermology.us/products/hair-removal/

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  • fashionfreude.com

    Lots of the coconut waters you find in newsagents have sugar as a major ingredient, but others - like VIta - generally found in larger stores and supermarkets, and healthfood stores (Whole Foods, Holland & Barrett etc etc) don't have any sugar added and come to just 60 calories per carton. It feels much more hydrating and satisfying than water too, somehow, and if you have a craving for a snack, it can quash it.

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  • jeff

    Coconut Water does have to much sugar in it. I just found stablized oxygen at the health food store. You put 10-15 drops in 8-10oz of filtered water and it works amazingly. i was skeptical when the salesperson told me about it but it's remarkable. Give it a try-i have been researching it on the internet and it has tons of reported health benifits.

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  • Wendy, Los Angeles

    Are there any other alternatives I can buy in my next trip to the supermarket other than coconut water to help hydrate skin?? I've heard that if you don't read the label, coconut water can be full of sugar. I am watching my weight and my sugar intake. Thanks!

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